, an Alberta, Canada-based company, signed an agreement with AltaVista Internet Software to merge its rating and review database with AltaVista's search engine. Through Net Shepherd's database, users can modify their searches with one of six age-appropriate categories and a five-star quality review. As part of the agreement, the companies intend to offer filtered searches to third party content providers. "A good example would be a family-oriented service that wants a `family-safe' search on their site," said Don Sandford, president and CEO of Net Shepherd. "Other examples would be sports or financial search sites that might only return safe five-star quality rated sites."
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